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Premier to speak as Ontario sees 548 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations steadily rise


Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold a news conference beginning at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park. Ford’s office says he will be joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott, as well as Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health and Matthew Anderson, president and CEO of Ontario Health. 

You can watch it live in this story.


Ontario reported another 548 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the province’s appointment-only testing plan officially came into effect.

Nearly two-thirds of new cases are in the GTA, with 201 in Toronto, 90 in Peel Region and 56 in York Region. Ottawa also confirmed an additional 62 infections of the novel coronavirus.

Other public health units that saw double-digit increases include:

  • Halton Region: 30
  • Waterloo Region: 21
  • Niagara Region: 17
  • Hamilton: 15
  • Eastern Ontario: 13
  • Durham Region: 12
  • Simcoe Muskoka 10

Health Minister Christine Elliott said about 61 per cent of the new cases in today’s update are in people under 40 years old. 

Seventy-four of the cases are school-related, including 41 students, 10 staff and 23 people categorized as “individuals not identified.” A total of 347 of Ontario’s publicly-funded schools, or just over seven per cent, have now reported at least one case of COVID-19 in students or staff. 

The province’s network of labs processed more than 42,000 test samples for the novel coronavirus, while the backlog sits at 55,483.

Ontario recently announced it would end testing for asymptomatic people at its 153 COVID-19 assessment centres, instead moving to an appointment-only model for those with symptoms of the disease. The decision was made, in part, to help labs clear the backlog of test samples, which at its highest grew to more than 92,000.

The last day for walk-in testing in the province was Saturday. Health experts have warned the shift could result in artificially-low new daily case counts later this week.

The number of people in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued its steady rise and is now 192, 16 more than in yesterday’s report. Forty-one patients are being treated in intensive care units, while 26 are on ventilators.

Meanwhile, the province’s official COVID-19 death toll grew by seven and sits at 2,987.

Ontario has now seen a total of 55,362 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late January. Of those, about 84.7 per cent are resolved. Another 546 were marked resolved in today’s report.

There are currently some 5,469 confirmed, active cases of the illness provincewide, a slight drop from yesterday, though still a figure not seen since late April. 



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